Monday, January 9, 2012

Flipped Out Over Flipped Classrooms

By Mark T. Burke

Flipped Classrooms, have you heard of them?  Flipped Classroom techniques have the power to create amazing results for your students.  The idea is quite simple, take what you used to do during class and make that homework and take the activities you used to give as homework and work on them in class. Simple...brilliant...AMAZING!

Why do I love Flipped Classroom practices?
  1. The teacher role is strengthened.
  2. Time is used more efficiently.
  3. Peer learning is employed to a great degree.
  4. Project based learning is integrated more easily.
  5. The lecture is put to rest (Amen!)
  6. Technology is used for a real purpose.
  7. Knowledge transfer is the core of the learning process.
  8. Creativity is given time within the instructional process.
  9. Kids practice becoming stronger independent learners.
  10. Assimilation of information can be witnessed.
Over the next several posts, I will dive into Flipped Classrooms (FCs), looking at how the techniques can be applied to music classes (both general and applied). There are fundamental differences in the way music classrooms are traditionally managed so I think it's fair to say FCs aren't as cut and dry as say, Consumer Math.  Let's get rolling....

The topics I have in mind for this series are:

1.  Flipped Out Over Flipped Classrooms:  The Benefits of FCs -- done...let me know what you think.
2.  Strategies for Flipped Music Classrooms:  Determining Existing and Desired Educational Focus
3.  Flipping the Switch for Music Technology:  Flipped Classroom Model.

Already Flipped Out?  Let us know what you're doing in regards to FCs. 

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